ATLANTA–September 7, 2006–Classworks Language Learner Series (LLS), by Curriculum Advantage, Inc., is proving to be an invaluable educational tool in helping students improve their English language skills and scores by as much as 40 percent, school districts across the Southeast are discovering.
Brevard County School District ran a five-school, 13-week study during the last school year using Classworks Language Learner with Kindergarten – third-grade students identified as limited in English proficiency. The district was proud to report as much as a 42.25% increase in student language skills after 13 weeks.
“Our teachers took great interest in the program and used Classworks for whole class instruction as well as in the lab,” said Ena Leiba, principal at Brevard’s Sea Park Elementary School in Satellite Beach, Fla. “Our students were excited to use LLS as it made learning fun in the classroom.”
“Our third-grade FCAT scores improved dramatically because of Classworks and we will continue to make the most of this exciting product,” said Leiba, adding that she credited Classworks and Language Learner in significantly improving Sea Park’s students overall reading accuracy and aiding in the improved third-grade scores on the most recent Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).
Classworks Language Learner a Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) 2006 CODiE Award winner as the Best Instructional Solution in Elementary Language Arts/Reading is a fully interactive, research-based literacy program that teaches English reading, writing and speaking from pre-reading through fluency using a multi-sensory approach. Brevard County has implemented Classworks Math and Language Arts programs district-wide in its 57 elementary and 16 middle schools.
“The children always look forward to using Classworks and were very encouraged by the positive feedback the program provides,” said Sea Park first-grade teacher Betty Barbour. “Classworks especially helped build vocabulary for my ESOL students.” “Here in Brevard, our goal is to be first in Florida and first in the nation,” said Amy Franco, the Classworks program manager for Brevard County School District. “We’ve got a lot of students here who have made great gains. Kids who are not motivated in the classroom get excited about using the computer.”
“They are working in the lab on Classworks and Language Learner and they are making gains because they are being exposed to phonemes and letter sounds,” continued Franco, adding that while Brevard has seen success with the Language Learner Series with their Spanish-speaking students, they are now also getting a great response from the district’s growing Haitian student population. “We’ve been using the Spanish version, but now we have a growing number of students using Classworks’ Haitian-Creole version,” she said. Franco said that all schools in Florida have to look at ESOL students scores with an eye toward the day when those students will be factored into schools’ overall FCAT scores for overall Annual Yearly Progress grades and No Child Left Behind scores.
About Curriculum Advantage
Curriculum Advantage, Inc. (www.curriculumadvantage.com) is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Curriculum Advantage’s flagship product is Classworks, a network-based system of K-12 reading and mathematics curriculum and learning tools that currently comprise over 5,000 hours of curriculum. Classworks activities are correlated to national and state learning standards and state tests. They include prescriptive and summative assessment, remediation and reporting tools. Classworks is installed in 3,000 schools in the United States and worldwide. INET Classroom, also from Curriculum Advantage, is a comprehensive library of web-based curriculum linked to state and national standards.